Once you’ve sorted your goals into categories and set your priorities, you’re ready to put all the pieces together in a timeline.
You need to organize your goals in a way that makes sense to you and there are many forms of organization to choose from. I organize each time-frame as an umbrella with each category falling under that umbrella. I distinguish each category by a different color, and then use that color on my daily schedule. You may want to use time-frames, but lump all your categories together in order of priority. You may choose to forego time-frames entirely, and just use priorities as your umbrella. Or you may choose to use each individual category as its umbrella and schedule all the things in that category separately from any other category. The important thing is that your goals are organized in a way that makes sense to you.
Even if you’re not entirely comfortable with time-frames, I highly recommend having yearly milestones for each category. For example, if you want to get published in a major national magazine within the first year of your plan, attaining that goal could be a major milestone. If you want to finish a book every year, that would be its own yearly milestone. By marking out yearly milestones, you add a sense of structure over time to your business plan and you give yourself some benchmarks to measure your progress.
I also recommend scheduling or prioritizing big projects first. A lot of little work goes into building a big project, and it’s usually easier to work in the little things around the big things. After you have your big projects in place and spread out the work over time, focus on inserting smaller goals around the bigger ones. Try not to do everything at once. You’ll most likely get frustrated and make little progress on anything if you do. So, spread out the work over time while keeping your priorities in sight.
You’ve gathered a lot of pieces for your plan. It will take time and thought to organize those pieces and pull them together. There are many formats to consider. Select one that works for you, and then complete your business plan. If this is your first business plan, trial and error may be your best way to discover what works for you. Luckily, a good business plan is something you test, revisit and revise while you use it.